Sunday, July 5, 2015

Gone Fishing

Good Morning (or afternoon if you were up late last night)!  I have been excited to share this card with you for awhile.  It's Marc's birthday card!  I saw some other cards online similar to this one for months and had it stored in the back of my mind to make for him.  Marc's birthday typically falls during my last week of school, which equals insanely busy.  I made this card one morning early (read= 5am) before work.  He loved it and I loved how the elements came together.
Most of you are probably wondering how to get that pole - it's a skewer from the kitchen.  I cut it using my heavy duty scissors to make it the size I needed.  I did use some thick twine in a retired color, but you can use one of the other colors now available (Smokey Slate?).  I used a favorite set of mine called By the Tide.  It's perfect for Florida and summer!  I stamped the fish and fussy cut them out to attach to the pole.  Marc made a joke about two fish on one pole.  LOL What do I know?  I'm not a fisherman!
This is the inside of the card... I wanted to carry over the beach them from the front.  I just love how the inside turned out.  Remind me of being at the beach!  I used a sponge and added Island Indigo to the edges to really give the water feel.  Check out the supplies below and let me know if you have questions.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Friendly Wishes

Happy Independence Day and welcome back to Stampin' in the Sun!  What are you doing today?  Marc's mom is making ribs on the grill and we are having some family over for a pool party.  I am sure we will make some other fun summer stuff!

I am so excited to have so many new creations to share with you!  I have been trying to share several cards from the same stamp set so you can see how versatile they are!  Yesterday I shared a birthday card using the Friendly Wishes stamp set and today I have another.  I didn't mean to use the same color combination as yesterday as well but I really love Pool Party and Bermuda Bay.  
I used the new Banner Punch for this card.  You can cut three sizes of banners: 1", 1 1/2" and 2".  I love how easy it to cut banners no.  No more trying to cut my own banners (and making them look goofy).  I also stamped the little flower as a background with the Pool Party ink.  The other component I really love is the silver mini clothes pin -- so adorable!

Do you like the new floral paper I used for the banner?  It's from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack,  There are 4 papers for each color: floral, strips, word script and polka dots.  Check it out here:
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Friday, July 3, 2015

"Friendly Wishes" with Cotton Flower

Good Morning and welcome back!  We are taking a day trip to Key West today so we are up super early!  I am looking forward to getting some good pictures and enjoying some delicious food (maybe Key Lime Pie?).

Everything is a learning experience and my photographs today leave a little bit to be desired.  LOL  When I first made this card, I quickly snapped pictures and then mailed off the card to my friend Jessica for her birthday.  She is a great friend and also celebrated a birthday in June.  Check out her blog here.  Well, I didn't think about my background and you can see the messy scrap paper under the card.  Oh well!  LOL  I did copy this card from someone, but I can't find it now.  If this is your original design, please let me know!
This card has a lot of elements and is really a lot more than I usually create, especially for classes.  All of the elements pair so nicely together and that pretty flower using the new Cotton Paper is just yummy!  I will list some the supplies at the bottom of this post, but if you have a question, please let me know!
I did use both Fabulous Four and Teeny Tiny Wishes on the inside of this card with some sparkly hearts (to cover the ink smudges).  I love the Cherry on Top Washi Tape (coordinates with the outside Cherry on Top paper).
For this cute tape I used the Ornate Tag Topper and embossed using white embossing powder.  I love the Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, it adds so much fun to this card.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Zoo Babies with It's Wild Background Stamp

We have really been enjoying some relaxation, family and fun.  I have to admit that I have also been reading a good amount (okay, maybe a lot).  Being a teacher, I have to catch up on my reading (for fun) during the summer.  Anyway, today I have a cute card I made for a friend who just had a baby girl.  I wanted to send her a card letting her know despite not working together, I am so excited for her becoming a mother to a beautiful baby girl!

 I stamped the "It's Wild" background (with a circle mask so the center did get the design on it) in Melon Mambo.  I then used the baby zebra stamp from the Zoo Babies stamp set.  I love this stamp set for not just baby cards - the little animals are so cute!  The sentiment is also from the same set.
To add some baby flair, I added Blushing Bride hearts using the heart from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  The mat in the same color really ties it all together.  Who wouldn't love this cute baby card?  Check out the supply list below if you'd like to purchase any of these items in my online store.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Definitely Dahlia with Washi Tape

Definitely loving the Dahlia!
This background stamp sure packs a punch whether you emboss (like I did in yesterday's post) or you stamp tone on tone (like today).  In case you missed my post yesterday, check it out here.  I also posted another example on my facebook page and you can check that out here.  This example is from the Stampin' Up! catalog - I changed it a bit but I really love their examples!
It looks like I used two different ink and card stock colors, but I didn't.  I stamped the Dahlia stamp in Pink Pirouette onto the same color card stock!  Isn't the look stunning?  I stamped the black Staz-on ink onto the Vellum.  I used the candy dots to cover up the glue dots that I used to adhere the vellum to the card stock.  Love the look of washi tape?  You are in luck!  We have a new pack of washi tape that is black, silver and white with several patterns (I have no idea where my washi tape came from, it's either in a Project Life kit or it is retired).

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Emboss Resist using "Definitely Dahlia"

Definitely Dahlia is my favorite!
Good Afternoon!  How do you like my new blog look?  I worked on it all day yesterday during the rainy day!  Who goes on vacation and completely overhauls their blog?  ME!  I'd love comments on how you like it!  I have a few more things to add (few more flags on the right) but those will come as I add more features to my blog!  Yes, new features are coming soon!

This card was made at a workshop a few weeks ago with a group of ladies that I love to stamp with!  The hostess asked me to make a card using the Emboss Resist technique.  Not sure what that is?  Keep scrolling to find some quick steps for embossing!
I used the Butterfly Basics Bundle to make the butterfly and I popped it up and added Gold Sequin Trim to it's body.  I love purples and the combination between Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant is simply gorgeous!  I added some single sequins to the inside of the card with the sentiment.
Steps for Emboss Resist:
1.  Stamp your image using a Versamark Ink Pad. 
2.  Sprinkle on your embossing powder (you can use any color but I used white).
3.  Heat the embossing powder until the powder turns into a glossy finish.
4.  Grab a sponge, ink it up, brush off some ink on scrap paper (so it's not too dark).
5.  Rubbing the sponge over the image in a circular motion.  I just barely went on the outside of the image (for a shadow).  You will notice that the embossing "resists" the ink.  
6.  Once you have the desired affect, gently rub a klennex over the embossing to take off any extra ink.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Birthday Card

Birthday Treat Bag Card
Good Afternoon!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend as much as we are!  We have been swimming every day on our vacation, taking long walks at night and just enjoying catching up on life.  Arnie is enjoying the extra time with Mommy and Daddy... and getting a little sun himself.
You can see him laying on a beach towel by the pool, complete with his visor.  We definitely have the cutest dog ever!  Anyway... let's talk about stamping!  I wanted to make a card using the Treat Bag Thinlit to make a birthday card.  I used the new in-colors (I am obsessed with these colors).
This diagonal strip DSP is to die for!  I am so in love with the new paper stacks!  The Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper stack is used to make this belly band.  I did have to put two strips of paper together to make it work.  I saw this idea in the Stampin' Up! catalog but tweaked it for my likes.  I love the sentiment and flags from the Build a Birthday stamp set!
I made a card to slide on the inside (I used whisper white card stock).  Wondering about the pull-tab I made?  I just took a circle and folded it in half and adhered on both sides of the paper.  I added the candles using the same stamp set and then added some Crushed Curry "flames" and twine.  Perfect card for a summer birthday (and you can attach a gift card to the "card" portion).

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Here are this week's deals:

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies Item # 137547
Regular Price: $40.00 US/$49.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $30.00 US/$36.75 CAN

Gold 1/8" Ribbon Item # 134583
Regular Price: $5.00 US/$6.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.75 US/$4.69 CAN

Pink Pirouette 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon Item # 134574
Regular Price: $7.00 US/$8.75 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.25 US/$6.56 CAN

Silver Glimmer Paper Item # 135314
Regular Price: $5.00 US/$6.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.75 US/$4.69 CAN

Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons Item # 127555
Regular Price: $6.00 US/$7.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.50 US/$5.63 CAN

Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Item # 135817
Regular Price: $7.50 US/$9.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.63 US/$6.94 CAN

Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 133739
Regular Price: $7.50 US/$9.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.63 US/$6.94 CAN
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